The Southern Impact, wrapped up their season in the USSSA 7U AA coach pitch class ranked as the No. 1 team in Arkansas based on USSSA points. The team is based out of Cabot and their runner-up finish in the final tournament of the year vaulted the players to third out of 390 teams in their class across the country.
They finish the season ranked 18th out of all 750 7-year-old teams in the nation across all classes.
The state tournament championship ended at 12:30am on Monday morning thanks to the enormous amount of rain received the first two days of the 3-day tournament. The delays did not stop the Southern Impact from entering bracket play as the No. 1 seed then coming from behind in two nail-biters to earn a hard-fought spot in the championship game.
Later that day, coach Michael Metzger said his phone was "blowing up with congratulatory messages from other teams’ coaches" on the impressive performance by the Southern Impact. One in particular said he had never seen a number one seed get behind in an early game and come roaring back to go all the way to the championship game. Coach Metzger’s response, "He hadn’t seen our boys play before last night, then. They never give up on themselves or each other. We may be the coaches and parents, but these boys have taught us as much as we have taught them."
The team is coached by Cabot locals Michael Metzger, Josh Green, and Terry Parker. They attribute their success to never giving up, believing in the ability and sportsmanship of each and every kid, and picking each other up after misplays. The team’s motto is "attitude + effort = impact", and they are proud to represent Arkansas as the third highest ranked team in the nation.
Players are: Jayden Green, Derek Larson, Cooper Powell, William May, Will Metzger, Will Leslie, Myson McFall, Brady Sanderson, Blake Parker (all from Cabot), Jacob Harrod (from Heber Springs), and Walt Jones (from Ashdown).